Make Your Reservations Now for TSCRA’s Policy Conference

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TSCRA’s Policy Conference is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 23, to Friday, Sept. 25, at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio. The 2-day event offers a broad range of sessions highlighting the intersection between ranching and public policy. Topics will include private property rights, water rights, animal health issues, the latest university research, and much more. Participants will include ranchers, academics and public policy makers from around the region. The TSCRA Policy Conference is open to all TSCRA members. All TSCRA policy committees will meet during the policy conference and allow extended time for thorough discussion of TSCRA policy positions and current topics. Registration is now open. Discounted registrations are available through Sept. 1. On Sep. 2, registration rates will increase. For more information, visit tscra.org/policyconference. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 13 calves missing from Cheyenne, Roger Mills County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston, District 2, western Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle, reports that 13 crossbred and Hereford calves have gone missing, as of July 23, from a property at Cheyenne, Okla., in Roger Mills County. There was no sign of forced entry to the property. The calves were being weaned in pens next to a county road. If you have information regarding these calves, please call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 12 cows taken from northern Brazoria County property

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, District 24, Gulf Coast area, reports 12 Brangus and mixed color cows went missing from a property at Rosharon in northern Brazoria County after July 18. The thief or thieves cut the lock on the entry gate and removed the chain to enter the property. The cattle are branded with a KS on the left hip or a Circle K on the right shoulder. If you have information regarding these missing cows, please contact Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.

Report: U.S. cow herd to grow by more than 3 million head

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The U.S. cow-calf industry will grow by over 3 million head in the next four to six years, according to a report released Monday by Rabobank, an agribusiness research firm that monitors and evaluates global agricultural markets. By Whitney Forman-Cook, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.  Read More at Agri-Pulse.com…

TDA Market Recap August 3, 2015

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For the week ending Aug. 1, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $10 lower to $4 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were $2 to $10 lower following the weakness that began at the end of last week. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade gaining $2.55 to close at $233.25 per cwt and Select Grade gaining $1.06 to close at $229.29 per cwt. Net export sales totaling 6,200 metric tons (MT) for July 17 – July 23 were down 39 percent from the previous week. Export shipments of 11,700 MT were down eight percent from the previous week. Shipments primarily went to Japan, South Korea and Mexico. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddle and breast collar stolen in SE OK, Cow stolen in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in southeastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of a saddle and breast collar during a rodeo Saturday, July 31, in Idabel in McCurtain County, and TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northwestern Oklahoma, reports the Aug. 1 theft of a red roan shorhorn cow from a property near Talala in Washington County. Read more…

Come see us at the Beef Cattle Short Course

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If you’re in College Station to attend Texas A&M University’s Beef Cattle Short Course, stop by the TSCRA booth in the trade show and say hello and take a look at our association merchandise for sale. We’ve also provided this schedule of events to help you keep track of activities and sessions. Read more…

USMEF: Access to China key to key factor in maintaining meat export growth

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The U.S. red meat industry has achieved outstanding export growth in recent years, enhancing profitability for all members of the supply chain. In 2014, both beef exports ($7.13 billion) and pork exports ($6.67 billion) shattered previous records for export value. Beef exports have steadily increased in value in each of the 11 years since global markets began to reopen after the first U.S. case of BSE. For pork, export value has increased in 15 of the past 20 years. Phil Seng, president of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) discusses the future red meat exports and how China will play a big part in market growth. Read more…

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)  final rule released

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday, June 2, the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule, an important piece of the agency’s overall strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. This strategy will bring the use of these drugs under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health. The VFD final rule outlines the process for authorizing use of VFD drugs (animal drugs intended for use in or on animal feed that require the supervision of a licensed veterinarian) and provides veterinarians in all states with a framework for authorizing the use of medically important antimicrobials in feed when needed for specific animal health purposes. Read more at FDA..

Cow-Calf Corner: Beef herd expansion: how fast and how much; Time of day of harvest and impact on nitrate concentration

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In the Aug. 3 edition of Cpw=Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrel Peel talks herd expansion, and Glenn Selk discusses how the time of harvest can affect nitrate concentrations in forage. Read more…

Friday is last chance to get Texas Ranch Roundup passes!

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TSCRA has teamed up with the Texas Ranch Roundup to offer TSCRA members 2 free trade show passes during the event in Wichita Falls Aug. 14-15. This is a $20 value – Friday is the last day to reserve your passes! Don’t miss the TSCRA booth along with a great trade show, entertainment, a ranch rodeo and more. Click here for more information.

Lawmakers could delay beef imports for ‘years,’ White House says

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Imports of beef from Brazil and Argentina could be blocked for years by requirements that lawmakers are trying to impose on the Agriculture Department, the White House says. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

More states request delay of WOTUS rule

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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joined with 30 other states in requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delay the effective date of the new rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The rule is currently set to go into effect on Aug. 28. The states request the rule not be implemented for a period of at least nine months in order to give the courts time to review the legal challenges to the rule. Across the country, this new rule is being challenged in at least 10 separate complaints filed by 72 plaintiffs in 8 federal district courts. Read more at USAgNet

US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 28, 2015

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Hot and dry weather continued across parts of eastern and southern Texas, increasing evaporation and the risk of wildfires. July 27 USDA NASS reports indicated rapid drying of topsoil and subsoil moisture in eastern and southern Texas and the Trans-Pecos. D0 was expanded across parts of eastern Texas, spots of D0 were added in southern Texas, and an oval of D1 introduced in northeast Texas. Read more…

Time running out to enter The Cattleman Now contest

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Time is running out to enter for your chance to win a pair of boots made by the Anderson Bean Boot Company. All you need to do is get a friend to take a picture of you with The Cattleman Now smartphone app on your phone. Post the picture with the #CattlemanNow hashtag on TSCRA’s Facebook , Instagram or Twitter or email to thecattleman@tscra.org. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win. This contest ends  Friday, July 31 and the winners will be announced Aug. 3, so be sure to post your picture to TSCRA’s social media outlets or email us before the deadline ends!

Arrest in Osage County cattle thefts

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Cody J. Porter, 29, of Sperry, Okla., was arrested on charges of possession of stolen cattle after an investigation led to the discovery of animals on his property matching the description of calves missing from multiple area ranches. He was arraigned in the Osage County District Court on charges of four counts of knowingly concealing stolen property and his bond was set at $50,000. Read more…

New special ranger for West Texas area

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TSCRA has named David Duncan, Fort Davis, as special ranger for District 18 in West Texas. Duncan has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. Most recently, he worked as a TxDPS Texas Ranger as a staff lieutenant where he supervised Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers in Marfa, Del Rio and El Paso. As a Texas Ranger, he also worked with state and local law enforcement agencies on border enforcement efforts. Additionally, Duncan has experience as a city police officer, sheriff’s deputy, highway patrolman and an auto theft investigator. Duncan replaces TSCRA Special Ranger Mike Barr, who moved to District 26. Read more…

TAHC reports a rise in cases of EEE

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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) recently received confirmation of Texas horses testing positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). To date, there are a total of 5 confirmed cases in Newton, Orange, Liberty, Jasper and Jefferson counties. Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) is a mosquito-borne viral disease that can affect all equine species. Infected horses may suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders. Symptoms may include unsteadiness, erratic behavior and a marked loss of coordination. The death rate for animals infected with EEE is 75-100 percent. Owners are reminded to vaccinate against mosquito-borne illnesses such as EEE. Read more…

Meat labeling legislation sparks fear of retaliation against US

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Industry groups and top U.S. trading partners are pushing back against legislation to redesign an Agriculture Department meat-labeling rule found to violate international standards, arguing the regulations should be scrapped altogether. Read more at The Hill…

It's what's for dinner: Reuben bites

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Short on time? No worries! Check out this quick recipe using corned beef from the deli. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

North Texas man arrested on charges of first degree theft of livestock

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Tony Eugene Lyon, 51, of Perrin, was arrested Friday and charged with first degree felony theft of livestock of over $200,000. Lyon is alleged to have taken money for an order of steers that he was to supply and manage until shipping. When the out-of-state buyer later paid Lyon a visit to check on the steers, he found the animals had been liquidated by Lyon to settle prior obligations. Read more…

Last chance for Texas Ranch Roundup passes

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TSCRA has teamed up with the Texas Ranch Roundup to offer TSCRA members 2 free trade show passes during the event in Wichita Falls Aug. 14-15. This is a $20 value – Friday is the last day to reserve your passes! Don’t miss the TSCRA booth along with a great trade show, entertainment, a ranch rodeo and more. Click here for more information.

TWDB approves approximately $3.9 billion in SWIFT inaugural financial assistance

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved approximately $3.9 billion in financial assistance last week from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The inaugural round of SWIFT financing will be distributed to 21 applicants for approximately $1 billion in projects in the first year and approximately $3.9 billion total over the next decade. The applicants are requesting funding for 32 projects identified in the state water plan. The types of projects approved include transmission pipelines, canal linings, capacity expansions, seawater desalination, leak detection systems, water meter replacements, and reservoirs. Read more…

US measures to protect against BSE

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The FDA has released a video that explains what measures the FDA and the USDA have put in place to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, from entering the U.S. and how FDA’s Feed Inspection Program is essential to protecting the U.S. food and feed supply. Read more and watch the video at FDA.gov…

Texas crop, weather, for July 29, 2015

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A super-strong El Niño now brewing in the tropical Pacific will likely bring another rain-drenched winter to large parts of Texas, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station. But the climate scientist said he doesn’t expect a repeat of the 2015 wet spring will necessarily follow. Read more…

Join us for a ranch gathering in Graham Aug. 11

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Join TSCRA for a ranch gathering on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at the Young County Arena in Graham. Evening events will featuring an update on TSCRA activities and issues facing ranchers, as well as a free beef dinner. Please RSVP to 800-242-7820, ext. 192 or click here. For more information, including directions, click here.

Internal docs said to undermine WOTUS rule

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Internal memos that the Army Corps of Engineers turned over to a Senate committee undermines the scientific and legal basis for the new rule that re-defines the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, the panel’s chairman says. In a letter Monday to the assistant secretary of the Army who oversees the Corps, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Senate Environment and Public Workers Chairman Jim Inhofe said that the documents show the “rule is lacking factual, technical and legal support.” Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Producers continue to support the checkoff

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Three out of four producers (76 percent) continue to support the beef checkoff program and the more they know about the program, the more supportive they are. In addition, the number of producers who say they do not support the program, at 10 percent, is the lowest ever found. The random survey of 601 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research in late June and early July. The survey found an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways Read more…

TDA Market Recap, July 27, 2015

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For the week ending July 25, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $1 to $12 lower per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were steady to $2 higher, with instances of up to $4 higher early in the week. However, weakness was noted later in the week as bids began to drop again. Wholesale beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $2.60 to close at $230.70 per cwt and Select Grade losing $1.16 to close at $228.23 per cwt. Net export sales totaling 10,100 metric tons (MT) for July 10 –16 were down 12 percent from the previous week. Export shipments of 12,800 MT were up nine percent from the previous week. Shipments primarily went to Japan, South Korea and Mexico. Read more…

TSCRA Special Rangers searching for suspected thief

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A $500 reward has been offered through TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief program for information leading to the arrest of Sharon Lynn Nehring, also known as Sharon Jacoby, of Freestone County. Nehring, 57, is alleged to have purchased thousands of dollars worth of lambs and goats with a worthless check from the Freestone County Fair in June of 2014. Read more…

TAHC releases all VS quarantines in Texas

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Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Texas. The final premises was in Ward County, approximately 30 miles north of Fort Stockton. The affected premises in Reeves and Pecos County were previously released. Read more…

Texas A&M helping understand, monitor chagas disease

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To keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M University System entities have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in South Central Texas. Chagas is the common name for a disease transmitted by insects and animals that can cause severe symptoms, even death, in humans. It is responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths annually in Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 8 to 11 million people throughout Latin America have the disease, the majority of whom do not even realize they are infected. Read more…

Help horses avoid heat stress

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The historic hottest part of summer is fast approaching, underscoring the importance for horse managers to review basic strategies that will help their equines avoid heat stress. Horses, like humans, dissipate the majority of their excess body heat through sweating. Horses can sweat as much as 10 to 12 liters per hour. Depending on the environmental temperature and the animal’s workload, it is possible for a horse to become dehydrated in as little as 2 to 3 hours. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: More cattle mid-year; Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

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In the July 27 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Derrell Peel discusses the latest cattle inventory report; and Glenn Selk outlines using stockpiled bermudagrass for winter feed. Read more…

Beef Cattle Short Course schedule and agenda

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Texas A&M University’s Beef Cattle Short Course, Aug. 3-5, in College Station is right around the corner, so make sure to make your last minute plans today! Click below to download a 2-page printable schedule. Click here to download the schedule as a 2-page pdf. Click here for more information on the event. Sunday Aug. 2 6:00 a.m.   1st Annual BCSC 5K Run check-in begins in Lot 97 hosted by the Texas Aggie CattleWomen. 7:15 a.m.    BCSC 5K Run begins. 10:00  a.m. On site registration and registered participants may pick up their conference materials. 10:30 a.m.  Annual BCSC Student Benefit Scholarship Golf Tournament at Pebble Creek Golf Course Sponsored by Merial, Anderson Bean Boots and The Mule Barn 3:00 p.m.   Texas Purebred Read more…

Amendment filed to repeal mandatory COOL

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U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, filed an amendment Thursday, July 23 to repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken – required by Canada and Mexico to prevent billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. economy. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was a cosponsor of the bill. Read more…

Survey to measure impact of feral swine on US farms

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The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)  in cooperation with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying U.S. crop producers to measure the impact feral swine have on their crops and livestock. Feral swine are an invasive species that eat and destroy many field crops, such as corn, milo (sorghum), and rice. They also prey upon young livestock and other small animals. The animals are known to carry numerous diseases that are transferable to livestock, humans, pets and wildlife. Producers in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas will be contacted to participate in the survey. This is the first survey conducted by USDA to determine the extent of feral swine damage. Learn more

VFD brochures outline each sector’s responsibilities

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The FDA has released a series of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) brochures, which list the specific responsibilities of veterinarians, clients and distributors such as feed mills for compliance with the new VFD rules. The brochures also include a list of commonly asked questions and answers and the specific information to include on a lawful VFD. The new VFD rule, which will end over-the-counter access to medically important feed-grade antibiotics and place their use under the control of veterinarians, will take effect in December 2016, and the FDA currently is working to help affected veterinarians, producers and suppliers prepare for the changes. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 21, 2015

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During the past week, the South was generally hot and dry. The only areas receiving rainfall (1 to 2 inches) were northern portions of the Texas Panhandle and the Trans-Pecos region of west Texas. The NWS WPC Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) calls for the dryness to continue across most of Texas during the next 7 days. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: ATVs, trailer stolen in Texas Hill Country

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TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in the Texas Hill Country, reports the theft of two ATV vehicles and a trailer from a property in Fayette County. On July 18 a thief or thieves cut a lock to gain access and steal a bright green 2015 Yamaha Viking 4-seat ATV, VIN no. 5Y4AM76YXFA100857; a dark green 2011 Polaris Ranger 4-seat ATV, VIN no. 4XAWH50A0B4209217; and a black 2014 Texas Bragg brand single axle 12-foot flatbed trailer with full expanded metal rear ramp, VIN no. 17XFP1219E1042930, Texas license plate FJKL56. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337.